This weekend is the start of the two week long Chinese New Year celebrations.
2017 Chinese New Year begins January 28th with a celebration of light and sound, including tradition lion dances, bell ringing and lighting firecrackers. This year welcomes in the year of the Rooster. All those Roosters out there are said to be trustworthy, responsible and punctual, all fantastic qualities to have.
Do you know what is your Chinese zodiac animal is? Take a look on the table.
Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
Sheep: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971
Remember this is a time for family to reunite and to be around those who really matter.
You can celebrate traditionally with a good old clean to sweep all of the bad fortune out of the house, give out some lucky money and enjoy banquet of food.
Or you can get out there and celebrate with many of the festivities happening up and down the country. From London to Newcastle, there is something happening near you, whether it is a parade or deals and offers in restaurants and shops, get involved you won't regret it.
But if you fancy celebrating with your family and closest friends gathered why not cook up a treat with a Chinese meal. Here’s a link for 12 easy Chinese dishes including stir fried chilli pork, chicken chow mein, sweet and sour chicken and even egg fried rice http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/collections/12_easy_chinese_dishes
Hope you have a good festive period. Let us how you will be celebrating, either comment below or on our Facebook page, we’d love to see all your pictures too.